Mgahinga Lodges & Hotels

Exceptional Uganda Safaris can help you book any of the luxury, midrange and budget hotels for Mgahinga National Park . whether you want a hotel or lodge we will be  more than delighted  to help you book accommodation in Mgahinga National Park .we are in contact with most of the lodges and  hotels . we provide standard rates to make sure you reserve a room with the best price possible .

When we recommend a lodging facility it is because many of our clients have given a very good report about it.


Nestled at the base of virunga volcanoes .mount Gahinga Lodge is a stunning luxury adventure lodge hidden in the southern corner of Uganda.its rustic charm is inspired by traditional design and building techniques.

Gahinga Lodge is the perfect base to go gorilla trekking  ,track the rare golden monkeys ,climb a volcano ,have a walk through local villages and most of all to share the culture of the Batwa pygiemies ,the oldest inhabitants of the central African rain forest.

The lodge with its beautiful living room ,sun room and terrace has fantastic views of the volcanoes and the kisoro valley below.

The luxury bandas reflect the magic of the aesthetic traditions of the bafumbira people,with their distinct colors.   Each banda has an ensuite luxury shower room,fireplace and private porch.

Lodge overview

-6 stone guest bandas with papyrus roofs (3 doubles, 3 singles)

-Fire places

-En-suite luxury shower rooms

-Private verandas

-Bandas are individually named after each of the virunga volcanoes.

-Wi-fi and charging stations available in the main lodge building


Traveler’s Rest Hotel is Gorilla tour’s own hotel located just outside kisoro ,in the extreme south western corner of Uganda on the borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda ,offering a perfect base for gorilla tracking in the area.

The hotel is built on somewhat colonial style and was entirely renovated in 1999 .it has  12 rooms at very reasonable prices ,and it offers a cozy environment to relax in after gorilla tracking or days visits to the area.

When you enter , the Ibis welcomes you with its typical sound. The beautiful surrounding garden is the home of many birds.  Sitting on the terrace you can smell the sweetish perfume of the honey suckle , and in the evening s, when it gets cooler , you can warm yourself by the fire place ,outside or in the lounge.

From far away the huge cones of the virunga volcanoes dominate the landscape and beckon as you approach . the surrounding landscape is of astonishing beauty . the volcano mountains offer spectacular views on the Rift valley and the emerald –green Lake Mutanda in the distance.


In 1955 Traveller’s Rest was bought by Walter   Baumgartel , and quickly became a meeting place for people interested in the mountain gorilla . Amongst them was gorilla –woman ‘’Dian Fossey’’who said ‘’walter’s  hotel was an oasis to many scientists who came here before me”. Dian Fossey visited the hotel many mant times in the sixties, to do paper work  , to relax and meet people. She defined the hotel as her second home.

Baumgartel later realized that the survival of the mountain Gorillas was closely related to the preservation of the tropical forest. Nowadays  , park managers and local communities are aware that they can benefit more from preserving the parks than they would from clearing them as farm land.


From the hotel there are a lot of activities for visitors to undertake. Traveller’s Rest provides bikes to discover the nearby surroundings. You can visit Lake Mutanda  ,  walk to the local market in kisoro on Mondays and Thursdays , or hike one of the volcanoes  and off course you can go for Gorilla tracking in Uganda or the virunga mountains in Rwanda.


Perched on a peninsula in lake mutanda in the shadow of the virunga Mountain Range, Mutanda lake resort offers comfortable accommodation combined with the most beautiful views on the planet earth. Situated between kisoro town,Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the resort makes a perfect base for gorilla trackers ,volcano hikers ,bird lovers as well as those looking for secluded place in nature.

The lodge is spaciously set up on a 3.5 acres private peninsula stretching into Lake Mutanda . the thirteen cottages are built on a wooden platform,each with private veranda and en-suite bathroom . we offer single ,double/twin and family or triple rooms with comfortable beds and mosquito nets.

Bar and restaurant

The main building where the restaurant is located resembles a Swiss charlet with an African touch . A cosy place where we serve real tasty menus prepared with herbs and vegetables from our own garden. Our food receives raving reviews time after time. In the evening we prepare a fire place to keep you warm.


The lodge provides free Wireless internet from the restaurant , enabling you to share your gorilla photos with your friends back home.

Laundry service is provided at the lodge for guests staying two or more consecutive nights.


The lodge is set in one of the most magnificent locations in Uganda, in terms of the beautiful scenery  , dramatic landscapes and avariety of activities . found  in kisoro district, southwestern Uganda , the lodge is built on a ridge overlooking lake mutanda ,thus commanding outstanding views of the lake ,and in the distance , a stunning backdrop of cloudy peaks of the virunga mountain volcanoes .

The landscape all around is simply dramatic of lush and verdant sprawling highlands that will be engulfed by a thick cloud of mist in the morning, creating a sort of mystical has a style of multiple colors each building painted a different color of the rainbow,which makes it so colorful and stand out beautifully.its towering iconic castles can be seen from far off ,and it is especially fascinating when you catch a glimpse of them from far away en-route to the lodge.

The lodge is a perfect place to get away and relax in such a beautiful , serene and cool setting . the service is quality ,and the staff is some of the most hospitable and helpful you will come across in Uganda.

While at the lodge , there are anumber of activities and adventures guests can partake around the area including the mountain gorilla trek in bwindi park the nearest bwindi gorilla trekking ranger station is at Rushaga , 40 minutes from the lodge and the next , Nkuringo ,is one hour drive . Mgahinga Gorilla National park is made up of three volcano cones seen forming the spectacular backdrop over mutanda is about 1.5 hours drive from the lodge and it is popular for volcano hiking and golden monkey treks

Facilities and services

The Lobby- housed by the main castle, is comfy with colorful cushions. On arrival  , it is here the lodge manager welcomes you ,serves a glass of juice to refresh and brief you before proceeding to check in your room.

The restaurant- serves 3 meals a day ,that is breakfast ,lunch and dinner , of both local and international delicacies , Lunch and dinner are served 3 courses ( starter, main course and dessert) a daily menu for the main course is displayed ,visitors that require special consideration for meals or an alternative from the day’s menu make prior communication with the manager .

Tea/coffee is available in the restaurant through out the day.

A Bar- located right next to the restaurant ,has a good collection of renowned international wines and spirits in addition to the local bar brands.

The lounge   ,offers comfort on quality seats ,sofas with cushions and magnificent vistas of Lake Mutanda and the impressive landscape. Even better it has a fireplace to make your evenings cozy.

A Library –placed in the lounge    ,has a good collection of travel information and books including field guides of birds, trees and shrubs.

A large deck  ,extending from the main house ( that houses the restaurant ,Bar, and the lounge ) overlooks the magnificent scenery – Lake Mutanda ,the lush highlands  and cloudy volcanoes.

Enjoy tasty barbeque around a bonfire under the dark skies in the  evening .

Evenings are kept entertained with traditional folklore by the local dancing group.

There is maximum security  ,with ever present police officers provided  by the Uganda Tourism Police. In addition to the private security by the lodge .the region is generally very peaceful and safe.

Electricity is provided by a generator  ,switched on from 7.00pm to 10.30 pm.

The lodge has a total of 10 charlets that include 5 doubles and 5 twins .odd numbers are doubles while even numbers are twins.  Each chalet comprises  of ;

One large bed for the doubles, 2 beds for the twins, in the twins, beds can be pushed together to form a double  . An extra bed can be added in the double room on request, for instance to accommodate a child.


We offer eight permanent cabins with spacious ensuite bathrooms with both cold and warm showers ,bar and restaurant ,fireplace and a lounge .

The cabins are beautifully designed to blend with the natural setting and spacious imside ,with an outer wooden frame and a canvas tent inner . inside you will find either a twin or double bed decked with plenty of thick layers of bedding to keep you cosy .

The roll up netted windows allow for privacy from the outside and ensure that you don’t miss out on the magnificent scenery while  you are inside.


Mucha Hotel is one of the most affordable places where you can stay .it is located along Bwindi road within Kisoro . the hotel is located 6 km from kisoro at the shores of Lake mutanda ,an area popular for canoeing and hiking . the hotel is in a fairly central location and is close to the metro network .there is also a shuttle service to get you around Kisoro.

Our aim was to integrate a western style hotel into the natural environment of the mucha river and to conserve the unique flora and fauna .10 luxury double rooms with either volcano or river view

The hotels restaurant serves a wide choice of local and international cuisines .thehotel rooms are nicely furnished to make your stay comfortable as possible .there is WIFI access to the hotel guests and there fore you will stay in touch with the rest of the world during your exploration tour of the region .

The hotel has a number of amenities including a garden, terrace with wifi ,shared lounge where you can relax

A bar stocked with all the drinks you need to take through your stay . at the lodge there is a small crater ( within a distance of 9 km away) you can enjoy continental breakfast at the property .

The lake mutanda area is popular for hiking and canoe rides